Want to Leave the Game on a High Like Pele, Mohammad Ali, Says Leander Paes

Leander Paes said he was targeting a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics before bidding farewell to his illustrious career that fetched him 14 Grand Slam titles and an Olympic bronze medal in singles.

updated: September 15, 2014 19:01 IST
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Leander Paes said his service and commitment to the nation cannot be questioned.


Bangalore: Indian tennis legend Leander Paes says he aspires to exit from the game just like global icons Pele and Mohammad Ali who bid adieu to their respective sports when they were at the pinnacle of their careers.

A much fitter and leaner Paes, 41, says winning a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics would give him such opportunity.

"That (winning a medal at Rio) would give me a chance to go on a high from the game. I have always looked up to people like Mohammed Ali, who left at the pinnacle of his career. I looked up to someone like a Pele, a Michael Jordan, a Carl Lewis, a Rod Laver, who left at the pinnacle of their careers, I think you have got the trend," Paes told PTI in an exclusive interview.

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